Don't expect to find a building similar to this in the city's old town, as monuments of this size are usually located outside or far away from the urban center. You are walking through the maze of city streets when you suddenly find yourself within the beauty of this amphitheater, surrounded by Provencal style houses that hide this treasure, as if to protect it. Actually, this is known for its "Les Arenes," and is used for all kinds of shows and events. It loses some of its charm when you walk around and discover a network of metal bleachers ready for a contemporary concert. Mostly, their evenings run the Camargue, and this area of France is steeped in Taurine tradition. Its worth exploring for its depths, the almost 2000 year old stones that make it up. A gorgeous place, well-preserved.
A quick visit in Arles day allowed me to see some interesting places this small town in southern France. I arrived by sea at Marseilles and after a short tour bus I was in the square of Marseille, in front of Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, where also lies his beautiful Cathedral of Saint Trophimus. The city center is very active in the streets and alleys. Its story is made interesting by the town's age, founded by the Greeks later becoming a Roman city, then conquered by the Celts, and this mix embellishes its corners. Its romantic style Cathedral, Saint Trophimus is located in the Central Plaza of the city, in its medieval quarter. In the streets are many small shops, cafes and offices. Their facades are done in very different natural styles, without the glamor of the tourist areas, Arles is beautiful in its simplicity. An interesting point in my visit was to learn the Hospital Saint Remy-de-Provence, held Vincent Van Gogh, ve spent his last years in this quiet town that was the inspiration for many of his "current" very famous paintings, including "Starry Night Over the Rhone" and "The Yellow House". By visiting the medieval part of Arles, it is impossible not to feel the strong presence of Van Gogh and the legacy that this great painter left in the French Provence.
Arles is known for its amphitheater, and the colors and light of Provence that dazzled the artist Van Gogh. By the way, near the amphitheater there is a museum which recreates the famous artist ve painted the room. But you must also visit the Church of Saint Trophime which dates back to the 12th century with a faculty and a porch on the outside with magnificent sculptures. Definitely a place for art lovers.
Arles was founded by the Greek colony of Marseille with the advantage of being very close, but it was during the time of the Roman Empire when it had its splendor especially with the figure of Constantine. The Old Theatre is one of the monuments that make up the layout of World Heritage City. Created in SI to C, this place had capacity for over 10,000 audience members. It has now been recovered and there are performances and diverse things done here. The place fills you with nostalgia , it is pleasant to walk around in and enjoy a place that is so serene. We took advantage of it and put out a combined ticket to visit all the monuments because it was a better value, and we were informed of it in the tourist office.
Arles, the little French version of Rome, is full of history, architecture and beauty. The Baths of Constantine form part of the building which is declared to be a World Heritage Site. It dates back to the 4th Century and enjoys an excellent location, situated close to the Rhone and the center of the city of Arles. When I arrived in the city I bought a joint ticket which allows you to visit all of the Roman monuments and is very good value. The ruins of the baths, which have been nicely restored, make you feel like a traveler from the era of the Grand Tour, there are no crowds, and it is surrounded by beauty and yet ephemeral life. You can not hurry in these places. The time is marked by the stone and not your clock.
A magical and evocative place, away from the crowd of Arles but that can still be reached on foot in just 10 minutes from the amphitheater. The tour is accompanied on both sides by numerous remains of Roman tombs of this necropolis, bordered by rows of cypresses that convey a feeling of stillness. We were fortunate to visit the place when it was almost empty. In the background there is a church with an image leading to the temple. The image, perhaps stolen by thieves or turned to dust by time, must preside ever entry. We could not visit the church, not sure if it usually is closed for the May Day holiday. Perhaps for the same reason we visited the place without paying.
Le Pont de Langlois, situated just outside of Arles, Provence in France, is a vision of the 19th century, which was painted by Vincent Van Gogh, and has reached our days reconstructed. The rest of the city, in the same way, is a place where you will find a big presence of memories of the painter, although a big part of the corners of his paintings have disappeared.
The beach of Piemanson is reached by crossing the stunning landscape of the Camargue. Here you can go camping in the wild; in fact, the long expanse is covered with caravans. The beach is free, but swimming is not recommended. You'll see water sports enthusiasts taking advantage of the wind, though.
Sun, sand, and sea ... the Camargue is a vast nature reserve, offering a bounty to lovers of the natural world. An agricultural region with crops of rice and salt, a natural park with birds, bulls, and horses, a truly magical spot ... you'll feel like you're in a world almost unknown by man. Located on the Gard and Bouches-du-Rhone, Camargue lies between the Grau du Roi, Arles, and Port Saint Louis du Rhone.
This is one of the major museums in Arles, as well as being one of the most fun and interesting. The museum houses some ancient objects found in the region, including well-preserved Roman sarcophagi, and dozens of busts.
This show, in Arles' Antique Museum, is a particularly interesting temporary exhibition. Admission is 7.50 for adults (free for children and students), and it's well worth the price, as the exhibition is really top quality, showing the results of 20 years of excavations in the area.
The Saturday market is a ritual in Arles. It's not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the largest and most comprehensive of Provence. Streching over two kilometers it has everything; fruit, vegetables, cheeses, flowers, spices, meat and fish, honey, local products but also clothing, footwear, textiles, etc. Located in the Boulevard des Lices close to the Tourist Information Office and the Hotel Jules Cesar, in the same street.
It was built on the remains of a eleventh century Romanesque church, and from the fifteenth century, it took the relics of San Antonio that were kept in the neighboring Abbey Montmajour. In 1640, the Archbishop of Arles, M. de Grignan, laid the first stone of the new building. A late Gothic facade and golden altarpiece all hallmarks of Louis XIV, built for his visit to Arlés. Bombed in the second world war, it now hosts classical music concerts.
The archaeological discoveries made in 1758, the most important of which, an altar now in the Museum of Ancient Arles, states that in Roman times there was a temple on the crest of the hill, next to the amphitheater, hence its name. This important church, at the time served for ten canons before the Revolution. In the seventeenth century, it's façade and cloister were constructed.
Arles is a French city known as one of the Villes et Pays d'Art et H'histoire de France. It is located half an hour from Nimes, near Aigues Mortes and Le Grau du Roi Beach.
Among the many things to see in Arles is visit to Roman monuments. These monuments are one of the main attractions in Arles. Begin by Les Arenes, the only amphitheater in Arles to visit and definitely one of the things to do in Arles. Make sure you check out Nimes, which is used for various events, including bullfighting. Then we have the Roman theater built during the reign of Augustus during the end of the first century.
Criptopórticos is an underground construction of the Roman Forum. The Constantine Thermes, or baths, is one of the most interesting places to visit in Arles. Today you are able to see the site of hot water rooms, pools, and mechanism of hot air ventilation.
It is also important to visit Alyscamps, a famous necropolis which was used from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. Some more things to do in Arles are attending the Saturday market and one of the largest and most comprehensive in Provence. Here you can also meet local craftsman.
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